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Top 5 Albums of 2012

When I decided to choose what I felt were the best five album released this past year, I thought it would be difficult. I thought I’d have to comb through a shitload of music and narrow it down repeatedly until I found the five best. But I was wrong. It was easy. I had bit of a struggle with number five (my final choice only narrowly edged out two other pretty awesome albums), but other than that, it was simple. In my opinion, the albums I’ve chosen blew away the competition. And not by a small margin.

Obviously, I realize people have different musical taste. Honestly, it would surprise me if many (or any) of you saw things the way I do. But for my money, the following five albums were the best releases of 2012.
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5. Adrenaline Mob – Omertà

Excellent first release for Adrenaline Mob. There aren’t any tracks on this album that I skip over when I’m listening to it. I think it got a bit of a bad turn because it was more rock than metal, but I didn’t find it to be an issue. I don’t really give a shit what genre music is considered to be. If it’s good, it’s good, and this album is good.

Top three tracks: Indifferent, All on the Line, and Angel Sky.

4. Overkill – The Electric Age

Not much to say here. Awesome thrash album. Overkill is a brutal band. They’ve been killing it for over thirty years and this is just another great example of that.

Top three tracks: Wish You Were Dead, All Over but the Shouting, and Black Daze.

3. Three Days Grace – Transit of Venus

At first, I wasn’t a big fan of this album. It wasn’t what I was expecting from them, and that sort of put me off it. But I came around pretty quickly. This is their best album. They tried some new shit, and in my opinion, it worked well. It’s a really solid effort, and just like with Adrenaline Mob’s Omertà there aren’t any songs I skip over.

Top three tracks: Operate, The High Road, and Expectations.

2. Testament – Dark Roots of Earth

This was by far the best thrash album of the year. It really reminded me of their earliest efforts, but bigger. It’s just a really solid thrash metal album. You can look at a metric shit-ton of other bands from the 80s that have changed their sound with the time, and arguably suffered for it. Testament hasn’t, and their shit just keeps getting better and better. Buy this album.

Top three tracks: Rise Up, True American Hate, and Throne of Thorns.

1. Stone Sour – House of Gold & Bones – Part 1

Stone Sour is one of the best bands out there, and this album is another piece of evidence that supports that. There are style shifts with nearly every song, but it’s not jarring at all. The whole album is a masterpiece, and you should listen to it. That’s really all I can say. Buy this album, and listen to it on repeat. It’s fucking awesome. And there will be another one next year.

Top three tracks: Last of the Real, Absolute Zero, and Tired.
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Honourable mention goes to Soundgarden’s King Animal and Kreator’s Phantom Antichrist.

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Recommended Songs

For the following list, I picked a single song from some of the bands I listen to regularly. The songs I picked are the ones I’d recommend to a person if I wanted them to get into each band. It was difficult to narrow all the options down to a single song, and honestly, I’m still not sure I went with the correct choice in each case. But it is what it is. Hope this gets people listening to some different music.

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10 Years – Russian Roulette
A Perfect Circle – The Outsider
Adrenaline Mob – Indifferent
Alice in Chains – Rain When I Die
All That Remains – The Air That I Breathe
Audioslave – What You Are
Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare
Black Label Society – Stillborn
Breaking Benjamin – Away
Cold – It’s All Good
Danzig – She Rides
Death – Zero Tolerance
Demon Hunter – One Thousand Apologies
DevilDriver – Back With a Vengeance
Disturbed – Leave It Alone
Dommin – Closure
Dope – Pig Society
Down – Learn From This Mistake
Dream Theater – As I Am
Exodus – Open Season
Finger Eleven – Slow Chemical
Five Finger Death Punch – Meet the Monster
Foo Fighters – The Pretender
Fozzy – Let the Madness Begin
Fuel – Down Inside of You
Godsmack – Temptation
Hail the Villain – Glad to Be
Halestorm – Innocence
Hellyeah – Stand or Walk Away
Hinder – Waking Up the Devil
Ill Niño – Violent Saint
Killswitch Engage – Reckoning
Kreator – Under the Guillotine
Kyle Turley – Another Whiskey
Led Zeppelin – What Is and What Should Never Be
Machine Head – Aesthetics of Hate
Megadeth – Tornado of Souls
Metallica – For Whom the Bell Tolls
Motorhead – God Was Never On Your Side
Mudvayne – World So Cold
Nine Inch Nails – Every Day Is Exactly the Same
Nonpoint – Past It All
Pantera – I’m Broken
Pop Evil – Hero
Puddle of Mudd – Blurry
Puscifer – The Undertaker
Rev Theory – Ten Years
Saliva – Hate Me
Seether – FMLYHM
Shinedown – Begin Again
Sick Puppies – You’re Going Down
Slayer – Payback
Slipknot – Before I Forget
Sodom – Sodomy and Lust
Soil – Remember
Staind – Something to Remind You
Stereoside – Tattoo
Stone Sour – Inhale
Superjoint Ritual – The Knife Rises
Testament – Face in the Sky
Three Days Grace – Last to Know
Tool – Vicarious
Trivium – Throes of Perdition
Type O Negative – Anesthesia
Velvet Revolver – She Builds Quick Machines
Zakk Wylde – Sold My Soul

Music Questionnaire – My Responses

General:

1. What music genre(s) do you listen to most frequently?
Metal. Specifically thrash metal.
2. Favourite band(s)/artist(s)?
Black Label Society, Megadeth, Slayer, Pantera, Stone Sour, Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, and Motorhead.
3. What is it about your favourite genre(s) that makes it/them appeal to you?
The harshness of it. The chaos. That’s why I prefer thrash metal to everything else. And the power, with all metal in general. It’s all balls-out, go as hard as you can ‘til you collapse, man. It’s fucking awesome.
4. What is it about your favourite band(s)/artist(s) that make it/them appeal to you?
See previous answer. Listen to a band like Pantera, or Slayer, or Megadeth, and you can hear it. It makes you move, man.
5. What’s more important to you: lyrical content or musical content?
Lyrical. Don’t get me wrong; the music, the beat, the instruments all play a huge part. But I’m a writer. Words are what do it for me.
6. Is there a particular vocal style you prefer?
Rough, growly, throaty. My top three vocalists of all time are Lemmy, Phil Anselmo, and Dave Mustaine, and they’re pretty much the definition of those three things.
7. What music genre(s) do you avoid (if any)? Why?
I generally avoid pop music. Not really my style. I’ve got nothing against it, and I don’t care if others listen to it. It’s just not, on the whole, something that appeals to me, music or lyric-wise.

The Metal Section:
*If your answers for any of the above questions apply to the ones in this section, just leave them blank*

1. Do you listen to metal?
Yes. Yes I do.
2. If yes, which sub-genres do you prefer and which do you avoid?
I prefer thrash, speed, alternative, groove (to an extent), tech death, progressive, and traditional heavy metal. I usually tend to avoid power metal, glam, folk, and symphonic metal.
3. Have you ever been either shunned from or accepted into a group due to your liking/disliking of metal music?
Not really. There are some online communities who tend to look down on you if you don’t listen to exactly what they listen to, but I try to avoid them.
4. Do the stereotypes attached to metal and its listeners (Satanism, violence, etc) play any part in your liking/disliking of metal? Why or why not?
Yes and no. No in the sense that I would never dislike a form of metal because of the stereotypes associated with it. I’ll even listen to Norwegian Black Metal and those idiots are mostly known for burning down churches and worshipping their idea of Satan. But yes in the sense that a part of me likes the stereotypical rebellion that walks hand in hand with metal. I’m not much of a rebel, but when I’m singing Slayer at the top of my lungs, I fucking feel like one. And that’s really appealing.
5. Have you ever snubbed anyone because of the metal sub-genre they like? Why?
No. I don’t give a fuck what people listen to. If you want to listen to power metal, do it. It’s not my scene, but I’m not the one listening to it, am I?
6. If you had to defend metal to somebody (assuming they believed only the stereotypically bad things about it), what would you say?
Don’t be a fucking idiot. It’s music, man. As much as it can make you feel, it’s just music. It can’t force you to worship the Devil or do drugs or kill somebody. If you do that, that’s on you, man. If you don’t like the music, if it doesn’t appeal to you musically or lyrically, then don’t listen to it. But don’t let dumbass stereotypes make that decision for you.

Just Because I’m Curious:

1. Favourite vocalist?
Lemmy, from Motorhead. Phil Anselmo, Dave Mustaine, Corey Taylor, Chuck Schuldiner, and Zakk Wylde are all up there too though.
2. Favourite guitarist?
Zakk Wylde, with honourable mention going to Kerry King, Dave Mustaine, and Dimebag,
3. Favourite drummer?
Dave Lombardo.
4. Favourite bassist?
Rex Brown.

Other:
*Anything else relevant can go here. Anything you want to say? Anything the questions didn’t cover? Anything important you think could help me out? This is the place to say it.*

Just this: musical taste is so incredibly subjective, man. Not only does it differ from person to person, but also within genres and bands themselves. There are bands out there that fall into genres I love, and yet I don’t like them. I like thrash/groove metal, but I don’t like Lamb of God. I can’t stand bands like System of a Down, Rammstein, and I dislike Anthrax, even though I’m a fan of a lot of bands that are stylistically similar to them. Shit’s crazy like that. What I’m trying to say, essentially, is I think it’s ridiculous that some people find it necessary to act like assholes to people who don’t listen to the same shit they do. Everybody’s different, we all like different things, and unless somebody kidnaps you, ties you down and forces you to listen to a band you don’t like, you should just accept it and be cool. I know people who listen to the bands I don’t like, and we somehow manage to get along. Imagine that.

My Top Ten Favourite WWE Entrance Themes

I was watching No Way Out, and while bored as fuck by that retarded Tuxedo match, I decided to make a list of my top ten favourite entrance themes. I struggled a bit to narrow it down to ten, since on my original list I came up with 12. But in the end, these are the ten I picked. They aren’t all current, and not all of the Superstars are even still with the company. But here you go.

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10. Next Big Thing (Brock Lesnar)

9. Break the Walls Down (Chris Jericho)

8. Just Close Your Eyes (Christian)

7. Written in My Face (Sheamus)

6. I Walk Alone (Batista)

5. Metalingus (Edge)

4. Line in the Sand (Evolution)

3. Voices (Randy Orton)

2. The Game (Triple H)

1. Slow Chemical (Kane)

My Favourite Bands

I was bored, and it’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything on here, so I decided I’d write a little bit about my favourite bands. So I’m going to list my five favourite bands and talk a little bit about why I like them and why you should listen to them.

5. Stone Sour – What can I say about this band? They fucking rock. Definitely more alternative metal/hard rock than my usual thrash/heavy metal, but no less awesome. Corey Taylor is a talented singer and lyricist, which he never gets enough credit for in regards to his more well-known band. I’ve yet to hear a Stone Sour song I dislike; even the slower ones are great. Audio Secrecy was one of the best albums of 2010, by far. Very relatable lyrics, which is a big thing for me. But I could say that about all three of their albums. Come What(ever) May was a solid album, with a lot of quality tunes on it (not just ‘Through Glass’), and their self-titled album will always be a favourite of mine.

Favourite Songs: Orchids, Inhale, Bother, Tumult, Omega, The Wicked, Kill Everybody, Come What(ever) May, Hell & Consequences, Reborn, Socio, Suffer, Say You’ll Haunt Me, Dying, Unfinished, Hate Not Gone, Anna.

4. Megadeth – Despite being one of the Big 4 of thrash metal, Megadeth gets a lot of flak. There are too many metalheads who just dismiss them because of Risk and Cryptic Writings. I’ll agree that those albums were less than satisfying, from a thrash metal perspective. But that doesn’t take away from what they’ve done and some of the fucking great music they’ve given us. Killing Is My Business, Peace Sells, and Rust In Peace are three quintessential thrash albums. Not to mention their last four albums. The System Has Failed, United Abominations, and Endgame were all solid efforts, with a lot of kick-ass tunes on them. And then there’s 13. Top three, maybe top two among 2011 releases, in my opinion. If you’re one of the people who didn’t like it, I suggest listening to it again. And again. And again. Until the all the stupid is blasted out of you.

Aside from all that, the major kick a lot of people seem to have against Megadeth comes down to Dave Mustaine. People complain about his voice, his political and religious views, and his generally asshole-ish personality. To the people who talk about the politics and the douchiness, I say screw that. It’s the music, man. Fuck that other shit. I don’t care how much of a dick an artist is; if the music’s good, that’s all that matters. As for his voice, that’s all down to personal preference. If you don’t like it, that’s fine. I’m not forcing anybody to listen to Mustaine. In my opinion, however, his voice is perfect for metal. For me, metal, especially thrash metal, has always been about chaos. I want it to be rough-edged and guttural, not polished and melodic. There are other genres that provide that sound.

Favourite Songs: Rattlehead, These Boots, Wake Up Dead, Peace Sells, In My Darkest Hour, Five Magics, Poison Was the Cure, Symphony of Destruction, This Was My Life, A Tout le Monde, Blood of Heroes, Family Tree, I Thought I Knew It All, Victory, Trust, Almost Honest, I’ll Get Even, 1000 Times Goodbye, Dread and the Fugitive Mind, Die Dead Enough, The Scorpion, Something That I’m Not, Truth Be Told, Of Mice and Men, Washington Is Next!, Never Walk Alone… A Call to Arms, Play For Blood, 44 Minutes, Bodies, The Hardest Part of Letting Go… Seal With A Kiss, Head Crusher, How the Story Ends, The Right to Go Insane, Sudden Death, Public Enemy No. 1, We the People, Black Swan, Wrecker, Deadly Nightshade, 13.

3. Slayer – I don’t think I have to say much about Slayer. They’ve been one of the most consistently brutal bands over the last 30 years. They are thrash metal. Simple as that. Lyrically, musically, and everything else. Tom Araya is a brilliant singer, and Kerry King is possibly the most metal person who has ever existed. That’s it.

Favourite Songs: Die By the Sword, Show No Mercy, Hell Awaits, At Dawn They Sleep, Angel of Death, Criminally Insane, Raining Blood, South of Heaven, Behind the Crooked Cross, Mandatory Suicide, Spill the Blood, War Ensemble, Spirit In Black, Born of Fire, Seasons In the Abyss, Overt Enemy, Perversions of Pain, Scrum, Disciple, God Send Death, Exile, Here Comes the Pain, Addict, Payback, Eyes of the Insane, Jihad, World Painted Blood, Hate Worldwide, Playing With Dolls.

2. Pantera – And yes, I never thought I’d say that. Pantera has been my favourite band for the better part of a decade now. But they’ve recently been bumped down to number two. It’s only by a hair; more like one a and one b. But still.

Now, many of the reasons I stated with the previous bands ring true for why Pantera is near the top of my list. Lyrically, musically, and in the general attitude department, Pantera is metal. Phil Anselmo is the number one metal singer in my books. That will never change. Dimebag was one of the best guitarists of all time; the solo on Floods is damn near perfect. Rex Brown is one of the best bassists I’ve ever heard. And Vinnie Paul is a monster on the drums. I’m Broken is possibly my favourite song of all time (it’s in a fight with Cemetery Gates and Motorhead’s Ace of Spades).

Favourite Songs: Cowboys From Hell, Cemetery Gates, Domination, The Sleep, Mouth For War, Walk, Fucking Hostile, This Love, Regular People (Conceit), Hollow, Strength Beyond Strength, 5 Minutes Alone, I’m Broken, Good Friends and A Bottle of Pills, 25 Years, Shedding Skin, Drag the Waters, 10’s, 13 Steps to Nowhere, Suicide Note Pt. 1, Floods, Goddamn Electric, Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit, Revolution Is My Name, Death Rattle, I’ll Cast A Shadow.

1. Black Label Society – Great band. I don’t really have much else to say. Zakk Wylde’s credentials as a guitarist speak for themselves. There isn’t a BLS song I don’t like, and every album is better than the last. And considering how fucking awesome the first one was, that’s really saying something. This is a band I recommend everybody listen to. I don’t care what you listen to; Black Label Society should have a spot on your playlist.

Favourite Songs: Bored to Tears, Hey You (Batch of Lies), World of Trouble, All For You, 13 Years of Grief, Rust, Counterfeit God, Ain’t Life Grand, Just Killing Time, Stronger Than Death, Bleed For Me, Bridge to Cross, Graveyard Disciples, Lost Heaven, Stillborn, Funeral Bell, Destruction Overdrive, Blackened Waters, We Live No More, Dead Meadow, Crazy or High, Queen of Sorrow, Steppin’ Stone, Won’t Find It Here, Damage Is Done, Layne, No Other, Once More, Fear, What’s In You, In This River, Say What You Will, Been A Long Time, Dirt On the Grave, Blacked Out World, The Last Goodbye, Hell Is High, Sick of It All, Blood Is Thicker Than Water, Parade of the Dead, Godspeed Hellbound, Time Waits For No One.

So that’s it. My top five favourite bands. There are a shitton of other bands I think kick serious ass, but for this list, there could only be five. Check them out.

Later.

Song Recommendations

I was bored, so I decided I’d make a little list of song recommendations. I know that doesn’t count as real writing, but it’s something I felt I should do. It’s like public service. Or something.

But anyways, here’s a list of song I think you should listen to. Yeah, I’m talking to you. You. Whoever you are. Youtube these songs, because they are awesome.

Edit: I wrote a short note at the bottom of this. Check it out, even if you don’t feel like reading this too-long song list haha.

Black Label Society – Stillborn
Black Label Society – Blackened Waters
Black Label Society – Steppin’ Stone
Black Label Society – Layne
Black Label Society – Once More
Black Label Society – In This River
Black Label Society – Godspeed Hellbound
Black Label Society – The Last Goodbye
Black Label Society – Bored to Tears
Black Label Society – Rust
Black Label Society – Counterfeit God
Black Label Society – Just Killing Time
Black Label Society – Bleed For Me
Black Label Society – Lost Heaven
(Pretty much anything by BLS, really. Great band)
Apocalyptica f/ Corey Taylor – I’m Not Jesus
Audioslave – What You Are
Avenged Sevenfold – Gunslinger
Avenged Sevenfold – Betrayed
Avenged Sevenfold – Girl I Know
Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare
Avenged Sevenfold – Buried Alive
Avenged Sevenfold – Victim
Bad Company – Bad Company
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Bleeding Through – Line In the Sand
Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
Blue Oyster Cult – Burnin’ For You
Breaking Benjamin – You
Breaking Benjamin – Dance With the Devil
Breaking Benjamin – Until the End
Breaking Benjamin – Natural Life
Breaking Benjamin – Shallow Bay
Breaking Benjamin – Away
Breaking Benjamin – So Cold
Buckcherry – Everything
Buckcherry – Sorry
Buckcherry – Whiskey In the Morning
Bullet For My Valentine – Waking the Demon
Bullet For My Valentine – The End
Bullet For My Valentine – Hit the Floor
Burn Halo – Saloong Song
Burn Halo – Save Me
Cavo – Champagne
Chevelle – Still Running
Chris Cornell – You Know My Name
Chris Isaak – Wicked Game
Cold – It’s All Good
Cold – Suffocate
Cold – Remedy
Cold – Cure My Tragedy (A Letter to God)
Cold – Stupid Girl
CCR – Bad Moon Rising
Damageplan – Cold Blooded
Damageplan f/ Corey Taylor – Fuck You
Damageplan – Blink of An Eye
Dark New Day – Bare Bones
Default – Comes and Goes
Default – Deny
Default – Sick and Tired
Demon Hunter – Carry Me Down
Demon Hunter – Not Ready to Die
Demon Hunter – Deteriorate
Demon Hunter – Infected
Demon Hunter – Undying
Demon Hunter – One Thousand Apologies
Demon Hunter – The Tide Began to Rise
Depeche Mode – Blasphemous Rumours
DevilDriver – Pray For Villains
DevilDriver – Fate Stepped In
DevilDriver – Resurrection Blvd.
DevilDriver – I’ve Been Sober
Dio – Holy Diver
Dommin – Closure
Dommin – I Still Lost
Dommin – Making the Most
Dope – Survive
Dope f/ The Detroit Hate Choir – Burn
Dope – The Life
Dope – Pig Society
Dope – Everything Sucks
Dope – Sing
Dope – Another Day Goes By
Dope – Easier
Dope – With or Without You
Dope – My Funeral
Down – The Man That Follows Hell
Down – New Orleans Is A Dying Whore
Down – Never Try
Eagles – Hotel California
Finger Eleven – Living In A Dream
Finger Eleven – Slow Chemical
Five Finger Death Punch – Under and Over It
Five Finger Death Punch – Remember Everything
Five Finger Death Punch – Wicked Ways
Five Finger Death Punch – The Tragic Truth
Five Finger Death Punch – If I Fall
Five Finger Death Punch – Hard to See
Five Finger Death Punch – Far From Home
Five Finger Death Punch – Bad Company
Five Finger Death Punch – Walk Away
Five Finger Death Punch – The Bleeding
Five Finger Death Punch – Meet the Monster
Five Finger Death Punch – Never Enough
Five Finger Death Punch – Stranger Than Fiction
Foo Fighters – The Pretender
Fozzy – Enemy
Fozzy – All That Remains
Fozzy – Martyr No More
Fozzy – Let the Madness Begin
Hail the Villain – Glad to Be
Hail the Villain – Runaway
Hail the Villain – Pyro
Hail the Villain – Swan Dive Suicide
Hellyeah – Hellyeah
Hellyeah – Goddamn
Hellyeah – Debt That All Men Pay
Hellyeah – Pole Rider
Hellyeah – Stand or Walk Away
Hinder – 2 Sides of Me
Hinder – What Ya Gonna Do
Hinder – Waking Up the Devil
Hinder – Red Tail Lights
Hinder – Everybody’s Wrong
Hinder – Bliss (I Don’t Wanna Know)
Hinder – Better Than Me
Hinder – Last Kiss Goodbye
Hinder – Far From Home
Hinder – Heartless
Ill Niño – Violent Saint
Ill Niño – How Can I Live
Ill Niño – If You Still Hate Me
Jace Everett – Bad Things
Jace Everett – Damned If I Do
Killswitch Engage – The Reckoning
Killswitch Engage – I Would Do Anything
Kyle Turley – Another Whiskey
Lamb of God – Redneck
Machine Head – Aesthetics of Hate
Mark Collie – In Time
Megadeth – Symphony of Destruction
Megadeth – This Was My Life
Megadeth – Trust
Megadeth – Almost Honest
Megadeth – I’ll Get Even
Megadeth – Bodies
Megadeth – The Hardest Part of Letting Go… Sealed With A Kiss
Megadeth – Head Crusher
Megadeth – How the Story Ends
Megadeth – The Right to Go Insane
Megadeth – These Boots
Megadeth – Peace Sells
Megadeth – Time: The Beginning
Megadeth – Five Magics
Megadeth – In My Darkest Hour
Megadeth – Die Dead Enough
Megadeth – The Scorpion
Megadeth – Something That I’m Not
Megadeth – Truth Be Told
Megadeth – Of Mice and Men
Megadeth – Sudden Death
Megadeth – Public Enemy No. 1
Megadeth – We the People
Megadeth – Wrecker
Megadeth – Deadly Nightshade
Megadeth – 13
Megadeth – Sleepwalker
Megadeth – Washington is Next!
Megadeth – Never Walk Alone… A Call to Arms
Megadeth – Play For Blood
Megadeth – A Tout le Monde (Set Me Free)
Megadeth – 1000 Times Goodbye
Megadeth – Blood of Heroes
Megadeth – Family Tree
Megadeth – I Thought I Knew It All
Megadeth – Victory
Metallica – For Whom the Bell Tolls
Metallica – Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Metallica – The Unforgiven
Metallica – Master of Puppets
Motorhead – Ace of Spades
Motorhead – The Chase Is Better Than the Catch
Motorhead – Jailbait
Motorhead – One Short Life
Motorhead – King of Kings
Mudvayne – World So Cold
Mudvayne – Happy?
Mudvayne – Scream With Me
Mudvayne – A Cinderella Story
Mudvayne – Never Enough
Nine Inch Nails – Every Day Is Exactly the Same
Pantera – Shedding Skin
Pantera – Drag the Waters
Pantera – 13 Steps to Nowhere
Pantera – 10’s
Pantera – Suicide Note Pt. 1
Pantera – Floods
Pantera – Cowboys From Hell
Pantera – Domination
Pantera – Cemetery Gates
Pantera – Mouth For War
Pantera – Walk
Pantera – This Love
Pantera – I’m Broken
Pantera – 5 Minutes Alone
Pantera – Revolution Is My Name
Pantera – Goddamn Electric
Pantera – Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit
Pantera – I’ll Cast A Shadow
Pantera – Regular People (Conceit)
Pearl Jam – Even Flow
A Perfect Circle – Passive
A Perfect Circle – Judith
A Perfect Circle – Weak and Powerless
A Perfect Circle – The Package
A Perfect Circle – The Outsider
A Perfect Circle – Pet
Pride & Glory – Hate Your Guts
Pride & Glory – Come Together
Puddle of Mudd – Blurry
Puddle of Mudd – If I Could Love You
Puddle of Mudd – Away From Me
Puddle of Mudd – Hooky
Puscifer – The Undertaker
Puscifer – Rev 22.20
Rev Theory – Dead In A Grave
Rev Theory – Voices
Rev Theory – Hell Yeah
Rev Theory – Wanted Man
Rev Theory – Ten Years
Rev Theory – Far From Over
The Rolling Stones – Laugh, I Nearly Died
Saliva – Always
Saliva – How Could You?
Saliva – Hunt You Down
Saliva – Survival of the Sickest
Saliva – Fuck All Y’All
Saliva – Badass
Saliva – Better Days
Saliva – Hate Me
Seether – FMLYHM
Seether – Walk Away From the Sun
Seether – Breakdown
Seether – Remedy
Seether – Truth
Seether – Given
Seether – Hang On
Seether – Sold Me
Sevendust – Enemy
Shinedown – Better Version
Shinedown – 45
Shinedown – Simple Man
Shinedown – Sound of Madness
Shinedown – Second Chance
Shinedown – If You Only Knew
Shinedown – Sin With A Grin
Shinedown – What A Shame
Shinedown – Breaking Inside
Shinedown – Heroes
Sick Puppies – Asshole Father
Sick Puppies – War
Sick Puppies – I Hate You
Sick Puppies – You’re Going Down
Sick Puppies – So What I Lied
Sick Puppies – In It For Life
Sid Vicious – My Way
Skid Row – 18 and Life
Slayer – Eyes of the Insane
Slayer – Perversions of Pain
Slayer – Disciple
Slayer – Exile
Slayer – Here Comes the Pain
Slayer – Payback
Slayer – Addict
Slayer – Angel of Death
Slayer – Criminally Insane
Slayer – Raining Blood
Slayer – Die By the Sword
Slayer – South of Heaven
Slayer – Hate Worldwide
Slayer – Playing With Dolls
Slipknot – Sulfur
Slipknot – Dead Memories
Slipknot – Vendetta
Slipknot – Snuff
Slipknot – People=Shit
Slipknot – Everything Ends
Slipknot – (sic)
Slipknot – Spit It Out
Slipknot – Wait and Bleed
Slipknot – Purity
Slipknot – Only One
Slipknot – Before I Forget
Slipknot – Vermilion, Pt. 2
Slipknot – The Nameless
Slipknot – The Virus of Life
Slipknot – Danger, Keep Away
Soil – Cross My Heart
Soil – Remember
Soil – Obsession
Staind – It’s Been Awhile
Staind – Waste
Staind – Right Here
Staind – Cross to Bear
Staind – Devil
Staind – Please
Staind – Everything Changes
Staind – Save Me
Staind – Wannabe
Staind – Something to Remind You
Staind – Price to Play
Staind – So Far Away
Staind – Fray
Stereoside – So Long
Stereoside – Tattoo
Stone Sour – Say You’ll Haunt Me
Stone Sour – Dying
Stone Sour – Unfinished
Stone Sour – Hesitate
Stone Sour – The Bitter End
Stone Sour – Threadbare
Stone Sour – Hate Not Gone
Stone Sour – Anna
Stone Sour – Come What(ever) May
Stone Sour – Reborn
Stone Sour – Socio
Stone Sour – Cardiff
Stone Sour – Through Glass
Stone Sour – Suffer
Stone Sour – Wicked Game
Stone Sour – Bother
Superjoint Ritual – The Knife Rises
Superjoint Ritual – Everyone Hates Everyone
Tantric – Breakdown
Three Days Grace – Over and Over
Three Days Grace – Animal I Have Become
Three Days Grace – Just Like You
Three Days Grace – Gone Forever
Tool – Hooker With A Penis
Tool – Schism
Tool – Jerk-Off
Tool – Sober
Tool – Vicarious
Tool – The Pot
Trivium – Throes of Perdition
The Union Underground – Across the Nation
Evile – Cemetery Gates
Story of the Year – Just Close Your Eyes
Sean Jenness – Written In My Face
Zakk Wylde – Suicide Note Pt. 1
Zakk Wylde – Between Heaven and Hell
Zakk Wylde – Sold My Soul
Zakk Wylde – Road Back Home
Zakk Wylde – Throwin’ It All Away
Zakk Wylde – What You’re Look’n For
10 Years – Wasteland

So that’s it. Check out at least a few of those songs. I know there are a shitload; definitely didn’t intend to making the list that long. But it is what it is. All those songs kick ass, so check them out. There’s definitely some variety in there, so go through when you’ve got some time and check some of them out. Get back to me if you like them. Leave a comment on here or Facebook. I like to know when I introduce new music to people.

Later.

Music

I was going to write something about Valentine’s Day, but then I realized I don’t care about it at all. So instead, I’m going to talk about music for a bit.

Music is a big part of people’s lives. It doesn’t matter if you’re a casual fan, a fucking addict, or somebody who really isn’t into it at all. It’s everywhere. It’s on your television, in your car, and in nearly every building you’ll ever enter in your life. It’s even outside, blasting out of other people’s cars and stores. It’s all around us, and we can’t escape.

Not that most of us would, even if we could. We love music. I know I do. It’s a massive part of my life. It’s shaped certain aspects of me, connected me with people I probably wouldn’t have ever met otherwise, and is just generally fun.

I don’t want to focus on the negative aspects of music here, so I won’t. I’ll just say this: we all dislike certain genres of music/artists. And that’s fine. Nobody loves everything. I would just advise being open to new music, even if you have misgivings. You might be surprised.

Now, on with regularly scheduled programming.

For me, metal is the genre that drives my musical tastes. And yes, I’m being purposely vague there. Metal. Not any specific genre. There are just too many, and I don’t have the patience or the knowledge to name them all. So unless otherwise indicated, I will refer to it all simply as ‘metal’.

My favourite band, the band that has been my favourite for a lot of years now, is Pantera. I love Pantera. I love their music, I love their lyrics, I love their attitude, I love Phil’s voice. To me, they are the embodiment of metal music. If I could only listen to one band for the rest of my life, it would be Pantera. They were the first metal band I really got into, and I will listen to them until the day I die.

From Pantera, it was only logical I started to branch out a bit. Some of the big names immediately come to mind. Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax: bands who are similar in spirit to Pantera, if not in style. Slayer quickly became one of my favourites as well. Violent, chaotic, and not just the incoherent noise too many people seem to think they are.

It took me a little longer to get into Megadeth. At this exact moment, I would rank them third or fourth on my list of favourite bands, but at the beginning, I just couldn’t get into them. I’m not sure why. Maybe I listened to the wrong songs; maybe I didn’t listen to enough. Who can say? But now, I fucking love them. Dave Mustaine is one of the best guitar players in the world, and unlike some people, I think his voice is awesome. Perfect for what metal is.

In what may be a surprise to some people, I can honestly say I’m not a big Metallica fan. Ironic, I know. They are the biggest metal band of all time. There can be no argument. But I just don’t really like them all that much. I like some of their songs, to be sure; For Whom the Bell Tolls, Master of Puppets, Battery, Welcome Home (Sanitarium). I really enjoy those songs. But on the whole, I’ve never been able to get into them nearly as much as other bands.

I think, if I could really pin down my specific favourite type of music, thrash metal would be it. The attitude that comes with the whole genre appeals to me, on many different levels. But with the way bands sway from genre to genre with ease, the way elements from a multitude of genres bleed into each other, it’s difficult to keep it that simple.

From Pantera and Slayer, and even Metallica, I branched out further. Speed metal, death metal, groove metal, metalcore, even nu-metal; I listened (and still listen) to it all.

Motorhead, Death, Testament, Exodus, Exhorder, Kreator, Venom, All That Remains, Killswitch Engage, Slipknot, Black Label Society, Five Finger Death Punch, Machine Head, Hellyeah, Down, Superjoint Ritual, Avenged Sevenfold, Mudvayne, Stone Sour.

That’s a list of some of my favourite bands. They cover a lot of time, a lot of different periods. What metal is, the very definition of what it is has changed a Hell of a lot during the life of some of those bands. They are all very different; some will argue that some of them aren’t even metal. And that’s a fair judgment, in my mind. To some people, metal has a very specific definition, and some of the bands I listed just don’t fit.

To me, all of those bands have elements of metal, and that makes them metal. Stone Sour is more hard rock than metal, but they still have a certain attitude that I’ve always associated with metal. So that’s where I categorize them. Same with Avenged Sevenfold, Mudvayne, Slipknot, Killswitch, and All That Remains. It’s very easy to scoff at “nu-metal” or “metalcore”. But it’s still metal. Just a different kind.

There’s almost an expectation that comes with listening to a certain genre. If you listen to metal, you’re a metalhead. And if other metalheads find out you listen to a band they don’t consider metal, or is from a totally different genre, they’re more likely to look down on you than accept you. It’s horseshit, in my opinion. I don’t give a fuck what people listen to; if I like them, I like them. That’s it.

But that’s not enough for a lot of people. I have no problem with someone who has a well thought out reason for why they don’t believe a band fits in a certain genre, or why they don’t like a band. But it more often than not turns into “they suck, that’s why.” Everybody is entitled to their opinion, but I think that’s bullshit. If you can’t give me what I believe is a legit reason for why you don’t believe they are metal, then fuck you.

I don’t like Lamb of God. They are metal; there is no doubt there. But I don’t like them. Randy Blythe’s voice is not something I find pleasant. Their lyrics are not something I enjoy. And that is why I don’t like them. It doesn’t matter how much someone argues with me that they’re awesome; I will disagree.

I have a friend who is a metalhead and who does not like Pantera. And that’s fine. We get along well, because he doesn’t start every conversation with “Pantera sucks” or some variation of that. He is aware that I disagree with him, and yet we somehow manage to co-exist. We are, I think, in the minority. Music is a polarizing thing, and it’s easier to be around people who like the same shit as you. I think a lot of people would find it hard to like somebody who hates their favourite band, especially if they do like the same general type of music. Because that means they don’t just dislike the whole style; there’s something specific about the band you love that rubs them the wrong way. And yet we haven’t yet devolved to sending hate-filled emails to each other with hidden links to bands we know the other hates, just to be dicks to each other. Imagine that.

I’ve gotten away from what I was originally talking about. Sorry. I’m running out of inspiration here, so I think I’ll finish this up.

Like I said above, music is a part of all of us, whether we like it or not. It is involved with nearly every aspect of our lives. Couples have “their song”, there are lists all over the internet of the perfect music to listen to while doing this or that, people have certain major events in their life they immediately associate with a certain song. And that’s awesome.

I don’t have a point with this piece. Unlike my other pieces, which are long, rambling, and do have something of a message I’m trying to convey, this one is just about music. How much I love it, how much a fuckload of other people love it, and that’s about it.

So I’ll end on this. I love music. I love metal. I’m sure most of you love music too. And that’s it. This is a music appreciation post. As much as some aspects of music can pull us apart (different tastes, different levels of interest), the fact that there’s this thing that can bring us happiness, entertainment, and so much more is just something that should be fucking applauded.

Later.